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We put our Culinary Content Network and staff to the test to come up with bacon recipes

The world is obsessed with bacon — and for good reason.

Bacon ice cream, bacon-infused vodka, chocolate dipped bacon, and just about any food wrapped in bacon have been a part of “bacon mania” in recent years. The world is obsessed with bacon — and for good reason. Each slice delivers a high flavor profile of juicy, fatty, pork taste and although many try, no other food can be substituted.

With so many delicious things to make with bacon, we decided it would be the ideal theme for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). We put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with bacon recipes and here are some of the highlights:

  • Rebecca Winkler of A Calculated Whisk shared with us her recipe for bacon wrapped shrimp over mashed rutabaga.
  • Marye Audet of Restless Chipotle kicked her dessert up a notch by incorporating bacon into her banana bundt cake complete with bacon grease icing.
  • The winner this week is Elizabeth Brunetti The Bare Midriff who transformed bacon and herbes de Provence into an “herbs de pigvence” egg sandwich.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

These quick and easy spicy appetizers are filled with bacon and cheddar.

Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots Recipe

Simply wrap frozen tater tots in barbecue smothered bacon for an easy party favorite.

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Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.

10 Bacon Jam Uses That Make Everything Better

Sweet, succulent, and tangy, bacon jam is the perfect condiment to stash in your kitchen. Whether it’s store-bought or homemade, there are several ways to use this flavor-packed spread.

What is bacon jam, exactly? While there’s no fruit pectin, this bacon spread is every bit as jammy as its fruity counterparts. Bacon jam is essentially chopped bacon cooked up with onions and flavorings like sugar, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and more. The whole mixture becomes a thick, luscious spread that works for savory and sweet uses alike.

From jazzed-up burgers to a sweet and savory peanut butter and jelly sandwich, here are a few ways to use bacon jam you may not have tried.

33 Best Bacon Recipes Ever

They say that bacon makes everything better. Not only is that not true—bacon jello? gross!—the high-calorie strips of greasy meat can seriously derail your healthy diet. But we'll admit that it's hard to turn down a bite of bacon when you're in the mood for that savory taste. With that in mind, we pulled together our favorite healthy bacon recipes. From clam chowder to pizza, there's something on this list for everyone.

See which delicious recipe you'll want to try first, and be sure to select center-cut bacon—it's a better choice than most sodium-drenched turkey bacon. Just be sure to avoid these 20 Bacon Mistakes.

Use a very sharp cheddar to make this—it’s the difference between pimiento cheese and cheesy mayonnaise.

Recipes you want to make. Cooking advice that works. Restaurant recommendations you trust.

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The 20 Best Bacon Recipes Ever

It’s a known fact that everything in life goes better with bacon. Once used specifically for breakfast (often times paired with pancakes, eggs and hash browns), bacon has really branched out over the years to be incorporated into both lunch and dinner as well. While bacon is nothing short of heavenly by itself, adding it to some of your favorite dishes results in flavors you couldn’t even begin to imagine. We underwent the difficult task of hunting down bacon recipes all over the web, preparing them, and deciding which ones deserved a spot on list of the 20 best bacon recipes of all time. So which bacon recipes made the cut? Scroll down, cancel all of your plans, and get ready to spend the upcoming weekend locked down in the kitchen. Bacon lovers rejoice!

10 Creative Bacon Recipes You Can Make Right Now

It's probably time to admit that, as a society, we may have taken the whole bacon thing a little far. But bacon's irresistible mix of salty, smoky perfection makes it tough to give up altogether. So while bacon bikinis or bacon cocktails maybe shouldn't happen, bacon still has a place where it's always belonged: in food. Gather your dignity, and get your bacon fix like a grown-up with one of these clever, completely tasty bacon recipes.

1. Green Apple and Bacon Salad with Spiced Almond Dressing

When you make your own bacon bits, it really drives home what a poor imitation those fake ones from the salad bar are. It's time to shatter your illusions and step into the light &mdash the light of real bacon bits.

2. Peanut Butter Bacon Rice Crispies

Since peanut butter and bacon are clearly the ideal salty-sweet complements to one another, it's a wonder you don't see them together more often, especially in this golden age of salty-sweet treats. These rice crispie treats go a long way toward correcting that oversight.

3. Mini Ricotta Cheesecakes with Bourbon Fig Jam and Candied Bacon

The thing you need to ask yourself is, "Is there anything delicious that isn't in this tiny dessert?" Creamy sweet ricotta topped with boozy fig jam and candied bacon? Have two. You've earned them.

4.. Buckwheat Pancakes with Brown Sugar and Bacon

Buckwheat pancakes and bacon have been flirting with each other for years, so it's nice to see them finally take that next step.

5. South of the Border Bacon Dip

A good cheese dip is a cheese dip that overdoes it juuust a little. With cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, and bacon, this dip fits the bill and it's wonderful.

6. BLT Pizza

Essentially, this is a fresh summer salad served on a bacon pizza. Your boyfriend's going to think the concept's weird at first (and he'll be right), but the two of you are going to eat the whole thing nonetheless.

7. Bourbon Bacon Maple Cupcakes

Smoky-sweet bourbon teams up with smoky-sweet bacon and smoky-sweet maple syrup to form the perfect smoky-sweet cupcake.

8. Creamy Bacon Dressing Over Greens

Sure, putting bacon on a salad is nothing new. But making a creamy delicious dressing out of leftover bacon grease? Pure. Genius.

9. Jalapeño Bacon Poppers

We've all had our fill of bacon-wrapped dates. Luckily, there's any number of appetizers that can be wrapped in bacon. You're going to want to make these cheesy jalapeño bacon poppers immediately.

10. Gluten-Free Bacon Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

There's bacon and oatmeal in these, so as long as nobody's there to call you out, you can absolutely have them for breakfast.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.

10 Bacon-Wrapped Snacks For Die-Hard Bacon Lovers

These appetizers are so delicious, you'll want to serve them as the main course.

These appetizers are so delicious, you'll want to serve them as the main course.

Wrap avocado in bacon and roll through a brown sugar and chili powder mixture for a sumptuous treat (that's baked, not fried!).

Turn up the heat with these bacon-wrapped jalapeños, stuffed with cream cheese, salsa verde, and cheddar cheese.

This sophisticated take on bacon involves sprinkling scallops with cayenne pepper and brown sugar, then fastening bacon around each scallop with a metal skewer and popping them in the oven.

Bundle five to eight fresh green beans with a slice of bacon, brush with butter, garlic, and brown sugar, and bake in the oven.

Grilled sardines on toast with bacon, basil and tomato

A sophisticated tartine, with fresh fish fillets and streaky bacon rashers.

Serves 4
8 butterflied sardine fillets (opened out flat, bones removed)
A bunch of basil, leaves picked, stalks reserved
400g cherry tomatoes, about 35-40, halved
2 tbsp finely diced red onion
4 tbsp sherry vinegar
120ml olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1½ lemons, in halves ready for squeezing
Sea salt and black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying
4 rashers of streaky bacon
120g tin sardines in tomato sauce
4 slices of thick country bread (such as ciabatta or sourdough)
1 garlic clove, peeled and halved

1 Put the basil leaves (reserving a few for garnishing) into a bowl with half the cherry tomatoes. Add the onion, vinegar, oil and the juice of ½ a lemon. Toss and season with salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, heat a little vegetable oil in a small wide pan and fry the bacon rashers until crisp. Remove, drain on kitchen paper and set aside.

3 Into the same pan, tip the tinned sardines, basil stalks and remaining tomatoes. Simmer over a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are cooked, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in the juice of ½ a lemon. Puree in a blender until smooth, press through a sieve into a bowl and season.

4 Char the bread under a grill, drizzle with olive oil and rub with the cut garlic clove.

5 Heat a good splash of vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Pan-fry the sardine fillets, skin-side down first, for 1–2 minutes on each side until cooked. Season and add a squeeze of lemon.

6 Drizzle a little sardine sauce on each plate and lay a slice of toast in the middle. Top with the tomato salad, followed by the sardines, bacon and basil. Finish with a drizzle of the sardine sauce and a little olive oil.

Jason Atherton, Gourmet Food for a Fiver (Quadrille)

20 Ways to Use Bacon Grease

I&rsquom going to go ahead and admit: I haven&rsquot always been a bacon grease saver. For many years I couldn&rsquot be bothered with trying to store it. But then I wrote a post about How to Cook Bacon in the Oven, and some of you were shocked to find out that I would ever throw out such a precious substance. It got me thinking: what could I use bacon grease for? And I soon began to appreciate it for what it is: an amazing flavor booster.

Today I&rsquom going to share 20 delicious ways that you can use up leftover bacon grease. Let&rsquos dive in!

1. Roast vegetables

Instead of drizzling your vegetables with olive oil before roasting, plop some bacon grease in the pan. Make sure to pull the pan out of the oven and give it a good stir after the bacon grease has melted.

2. Fry Burgers

If you&rsquore pan-frying your burgers, you can use a bit of bacon grease in the pan to flavor them.

3. Pop popcorn

Use my method for making stovetop popcorn but substitute bacon grease for the oil.

4. Fry grilled cheese

For an out-of-this-world-delicious grilled cheese sandwich, try frying it in bacon grease instead of butter!

Since bacon grease turns solid when cold, you can use it to replace half of the butter in your favorite biscuit recipe.

6. Fry hash browns

Hash browns + bacon grease is a match made in heaven!

7. Spread on pizza crust

To lend flavor and a crispy texture to your pizza crust, try brushing it with bacon grease before topping!

8. Use as a gravy base

You could use bacon grease as a base for any gravy, but it&rsquos especially yummy in a sausage gravy for Biscuits and Gravy.

9. Cornbread

Use my Masa Harina Cornbread, but replace all or part of the butter with bacon grease.

10. Spread on BLT toast

When you&rsquore making a BLT, save some of the grease from the bacon and spread it on warm toast instead of butter to enhance the bacon flavor.

11. Baconnaise

Use my method for making mayonnaise, but replace all or part of the oil with melted bacon grease. You won&rsquot regret it!

12. Savory scones

I love that Meseidy uses bacon grease in her Bacon Cheddar Scones recipe. You could use solid bacon grease in place of part of the butter in other savory scone recipes as well.

13. Season cast iron

After you wash your cast iron, dry it over medium heat on the stove. While the pan is still hot, add some bacon grease and rub it in with a paper towel or dedicated cast iron cloth.

14. Fry eggs

My dad taught me this one: Use some bacon grease when frying eggs for amazing flavor, but add a bit of butter as well to keep the egg from sticking. I&rsquom not sure if the butter really is more non-stick, but that&rsquos what my dad always did!

15. Mashed potatoes

Stir some bacon grease into mashed potatoes&mdashthis would be particularly good in loaded baked potato mashed potatoes!

16. Fried rice

Next time you make fried rice, try frying it in bacon grease! This would be awesome for breakfast fried rice.

17. Pie crust

You can replace part of the butter in a pie crust with bacon grease for a more savory flavor. This is amazing in my Sourdough Pie Crust recipe. So yummy for pot pies!

18. Quesadillas

Make a mean breakfast quesadilla by frying it in bacon grease!

19. Omelettes

Use my method for making an omelette, but fry it in bacon grease instead of butter!

20. Soup base

Saute the veggies for your soup in bacon grease, or use it to make the roux as a base for your soup. This would be perfect for Potato and Bacon Soup!

So there you have it: 20 ways to use up bacon grease! If you have any ideas of your own, please share with us in the comments!

10 Easy Pasta Dishes with Bacon

Other than headlining a BLT or lying beside a pile of scrambled eggs, this may be our favorite use for bacon. It adds so much flavor to pasta, pairs well with so many vegetables (green peas, broccoli, butternut squash), and—if you chop it into pieces first—cooks in no time.

Plus, it leaves all that liquid fat in the pan, and you know what that’s good for: sautéing onions, garlic, and vegetables. Then all you need is some cheese, maybe a little cream (mmm), and a batch of freshly boiled pasta.

Do you have a favorite bacon pasta dish? Here are 10 that look fabulous to us.

• 1. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta, from Tasty Kitchen via Dine and Dish. Very similar to a carbonara but less eggy, more creamy.
• 2. Pasta with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta, from the Kitchn. The thin little ribbons of sprouts are delicious just sub in bacon for the pancetta.
• 3. Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta with Basil, from the Kitchn. Yes, these are very summery ingredients, but goat cheese and bacon are great together, so use that as a jumping off point. You can skip the basil (and squash is pretty easy to find year-round).
• 4. Pasta Carbonara from the Pioneer Woman. Here’s Emma’s review of the simple, satisfying bacon-and-egg dish.
• 5. Penne with Acorn Squash and Pancetta, from the Kitchn. Soft chunks of squash, crispy bites of bacon—this might be our favorite fall pasta.

• 6. One Pot Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Bacon, from Everyday Food. Another classic combination—bacon and bright green broccoli.
• 7. Tagliatelle with Chestnuts, Pancetta, and Sage, from Gourmet. Are you a fan of chestnuts? This is full of fall flavors. Might be a good side dish for Thanksgiving.
• 8. Ricotta Pasta with Fava Beans and Bacon, from the Kitchn. Make it easier with frozen green peas.
&bul 9. Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta, from the Kitchn. Another one with a quick, gooey ricotta sauce.
• 10. Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta, from Cooking Light. A beautiful baked pasta that can be made ahead of time!

(Images: Kristen Doyle/Dine and Dish Elizabeth Passarella Emma Christensen Romulo Yanes/Gourmet Faith Durand Becky Luigart-Stayner/Cooking Light)

Elizabeth Passarella is the author of the essay collection Good Apple and a contributing editor at Southern Living. A former editor at Real Simple and Vogue, she has spent more than 20 years writing about food, travel, home design, and parenting in outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Parents, Martha Stewart Weddings, Coastal Living, Airbnb, and The Kitchn. Elizabeth grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and now lives with her husband and three children in New York City.